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A to Z of Classical Music (3rd Extended Edition)

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A-Z of Classical Music is a remarkable 932-page, illustrated book, detailing the lives of all the great composers as well as many less known, but equally fascinating, musical masters. Like the Naxos range of recordings itself, A-Z of Classical Music is a rich source of inspiration for anyone either just embarking on a lifetime of musical enjoyment or for whom classical music has long been a way of life. Included within is an extensive glossary of musical terms plus a unique guide to classical music used in acclaimed films. Two-and-a-half hours of the finest music from across the centuries are contained on the accompanying CDs.

Is it a two-CD set with a particularly thick booklet, or a 562-page book with a compilation album attached? Either way, the unpretentious text by Keith Anderson offers an introduction to the lives and works of dozens of composers, together with recommended recordings from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs. Anderson includes a useful 59-page glossary of musical terms and an extensive listing of classical pieces used in films. The odd thing about the 36 extracts and complete pieces on the CDs is that they do not form an A-to-Z at all. Rather, they are arranged chronologically, from 1,000-year-old Gregorian chant to the opening movement of contemporary composer Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Between these two points is the early music of Palestrina and Byrd; the Baroque glories of Vivaldi and Bach; the 19th-century Romantic masters, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky; and such 20th-century greats as Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Opera, song, and chamber music are barely represented, but only so much can fit into 151 minutes. Essentially a deluxe sampler of the vast Naxos catalogue, the discs offer a good introduction to some of the most famous and melodic music ever composed, while the book will be very useful to newcomers to the potentially confusing world of classical music. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Rimsky-Korsakov:Sche

Rimsky-Korsakov:Sche Lowest new price: $8.73
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Model: 2195007

REINER/CHICAGO SYMP ORCH - SCHEHERAZADE... - SACD HYBRID

This is a classic recording of these two works, led with grand authority by Fritz Reiner. The Chicago's brass and wind section play gloriously throughout, and the final movement of Scheherazade (we learn from the original producer [1960] in an accompanying essay) was recorded in one take--an almost unheard-of feat. This fast movement is taken at breakneck speed, with no loss of clarity or power, with the strings in the hands of magicians. Stravinsky's Nightingale has never sounded so exotic, so bristling over with color, since this 1956(!) recording under Reiner, and the wonderful surprise with this new release of old material is the revamped sound: the original "Living Stereo" was a fantastic breakthrough in recording, and this new SACD format has returned the spatial relationships to something so "real" that it comes as close as I've ever heard to a true concert hall experience. Simply glorious. --Robert Levine

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella Lowest new price: $11.90
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CLAUDIO ABBADO - STRAVINSKY: SACRE DU PRINTEMPS - 2 CD SET

This is an excellent Stravinsky collection on all counts. Claudio Abbado's recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra represent the high-water mark of his career, and DG captured the partnership in generally fine sound. This recording of the complete Pulcinella, with the songs included, set an entirely new standard for the work, and its excellence has worn very well in the couple of decades since its initial release. The performance of Jeu de Cartes (Card Game) also should win many new friends for this entertaining late work. As to the Big Three ballets, all of them were among the most recommendable versions when they first came out, and they still are. --David Hurwitz

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Romances For Saxophone

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Model: 2010700

Marsalis,Branford ~ Romances For Saxophone

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Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain / Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite / Stravinsky: Fairy's Kiss Divertimento

Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain / Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite / Stravinsky: Fairy's Kiss Divertimento Lowest new price: $4.95
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Most people became acquainted with Hovhaness's greatest symphony, Mysterious Mountain (Symphony 2), through this recording when it appeared on vinyl during the Stone Age. It plays like an extended prayer and is oddly structured. It was an immediate hit when it appeared in 1955. Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss is a 1928 ballet commission that, quite intentionally, recalls Tchaikovsky and was written to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death. Last here is a bang-up reading of Serge Prokofiev's classic Lieutenant Kije Suite. If you want to turn a young person onto classical music, play this disc. Worked with me. --Paul Cook

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Stravinsky: The Firebird/Borodin: Music from Prince Igor

Stravinsky: The Firebird/Borodin: Music from Prince Igor Lowest new price: $5.39
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Brahms / Stravinsky: Violin Concertos

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Brahms / Stravinsky: Violin Concertos

Hilary Hahn is not only one of the best, but one of the most interesting young violinists before the public. Even as a teenager, she seemed uninterested in displaying her formidable technical mastery, concentrating instead on the music with a seriousness far beyond her years. Now 21, she has become a thoughtful, knowledgeable musician and an arresting, involved performer. Both qualities are reflected in this recording, beginning with the choice of the two concertos, which are entirely dissimilar--except for being in the same key--yet make an excellent pair, and extending to the program notes, which blend personal reminiscence and scholarly research.

As for the playing, it is extraordinary. Technical difficulties do not exist. Even the most daunting passages, like the infamous G-major section in the Finale of the Brahms and the wild running-around in the Stravinsky, are dispatched with perfect clarity and consummate, effortless ease. Hahn's tone is intense, focused, variable, and of pristine purity in all registers, at all dynamic levels. She never loses her sense of meter or direction; her phrases have shape and elegance; and she needs no external effects. Her playing is austere and controlled, with an inward, noble expressiveness; she can change tone and mood on a dime. In the Brahms, the high soaring passages are ecstatic, the Finale is quite fast and very strict; only the Joachim cadenza is almost too free. Altogether, it's a most impressive achievement. --Edith Eisler

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Creepy Classics: A Halloween Collection

Creepy Classics: A Halloween Collection Lowest new price: $3.99
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Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortileges / L'Heure Espagnole

Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortileges / L'Heure Espagnole Lowest new price: $11.76
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Format: Music CD, Deutsche Grammophon Records. Classical music CD release from Orchestre National De La R.T.E. with the album Maurice Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges, L'Heure Espagnole. Released on the label Deutsche Grammophon Records. Classical music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed.

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Duos for Classical Accordions

Duos for Classical Accordions Lowest new price: $32.49
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Petrouchka arranged for two accordions is not unlike the original, since the composer's push-button winds and biting, nasal strings resemble nothing if not a giant orchestral squeeze box. Little is lost in this "de-orchestration"--for example, percussion passages are dealt with by whacking the accordion's sides. Stravinsky's Tango also lies well on the instrument, but the players miss the music's ironic bite. James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll recast Pictures at an Exhibition with dazzling ingenuity. Their prim and spotless virtuosity, however, transforms Mussorgsky's raging, elemental lion into an agreeable, domestic kitty cat. Nevertheless, accordion fanciers will be enticed. Move over, Lawrence Welk! --Jed Distler


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